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Environmental Software Briefing: PG&E, Hara, SQLstream

Pacific Gas & Electric has revealed that it is using Enviance’s environmental enterprise resource planning software. PG&E is already using the system but only publicly announced the partnership this week. The utility is using the platform to manage mandatory and voluntary greenhouse gas reporting requirements at the state and federal levels. The software has helped PG&E reduce the time to complete certain reporting requirements by 80 percent, the two companies say. In one example, the utility cut its report preparation time for reporting under California’s AB 32 Mandatory Reporting Regulation from two weeks to two days. PG&E is also using the software to manage its GHG data for voluntary programs such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, The Climate Registry and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

More than 30 percent of U.S. utilities have deployed the Enviance Environmental ERP system. They include Georgia Power, Southern Edison, Entergy, American Electric Power, Northeast Utilities, TDX Power and First Energy.

Hara has announced its largest funding round yet, $25 million in Series C funding, bringing total investment to $45 million. Participants include Energy Technology Ventures, a joint venture of GE, NRG Energy and ConocoPhillips; ITOCHU Technology Ventures; Focus Ventures; and Navitas Capital, as well as existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), JAFCO Ventures and Nth Power. Hara is adding new strategic investors as it advances its growth plans across industries including manufacturing, utilities and oil and gas. The company has secured more than 50 industry and government customers, and was selected as a winner of the GE Ecomagination Challenge’s “Powering the Grid” program.

Fontinalis Partners, LLC, a Michigan-based strategic investment firm, has announced an investment in SQLstream Inc., a standards-based stream computing platform that enables companies to exploit and monetize real-time service and sensor data. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. SQLstream lets business analyze and respond to streaming data without first storing it. This allows services to react and adapt immediately, based on continuous, complex analysis, the company says. “Real-time systems that react immediately to changing traffic conditions are essential to finding sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing congestion and environmental problems,” said Ford Motor Company executive chairman Bill Ford, a founding partner of Fontinalis Partners.

Nexius has launched a green energy service designed to reduce wireless operators’ utility bills by up to 20 percent. The system combines wireless industry consulting expertise with the eCurv asynchronous regulation system, to help customers achieve real-time visibility and control of their energy consumption. The system allows operators to see energy consumption down to the individual cell site, includes a full assessment of current utilities spend and provides a detailed strategy for cost reduction.

Verismic Software has launched the Verismic v3.1 PC power management platform. The new release allows customers to manage the energy used by desktop and notebook PCs via mobile devices. Clients can use Power Manager v3.1 to “wake up” devices that have been turned off and remotely launch specific PC-based applications. The hardware querying capabilities allow users to apply power policies based on the changing state of their devices, ultimately making cost savings automatic, Verismic says.

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